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Cuba: An Island of Music

Cuba is at the junction of the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic. This country is known for its long history, unique culture and especially vibrant music. Thus, this place has become one of the attractive destinations.

For many tourists, representing Cuban music is the traditional music of Buena Vista Social Club, a dance and music club in the capital Havana or Queen of Salsa who is Celia Cruz, a prominent Cuban singer 20th century Cuban music style is also a blend of music from Africa, the Caribbean, France and Spain, creating many different genres such as Salsa, Son, Hip- hop, etc.

1. Havana Jazz Fusion

Havana is the capital and one of 14 provinces in Cuba. To discover music in Havana, the best place is the concerts of the Interactivo group, the gathering place of Cuban musicians, regardless of gender, age or skin color. Although only using simple instruments such as horns, conga drums and electric guitar, the musicians skillfully combined to create the typical Jazz Fusion melody of Cuba.

2. Rumba of Mantazas

Located in the western part of Cuba, Mantazas province is blessed with beautiful beaches. Mantazas feature Rumba melodies and anecdotes of the Rumba formation of the Mantazas people. Rumba was formed from the workers at Mantazas. They use objects such as forks, wine bottles or drums to create music because they think that music comes from within. The key instrument to make the Rumba is the Clave.

3. Santa Clara Trova

Santa Clara is located in the central area of ​​Villa Clara province. Santa Clara is known for its intense Trova music, which resonates in search of the dark corners of pain and is the traditional pure Cuban music. Trova music is performed as a way of telling stories, be it about Cuban love, life or confession. Trova also carries a bit of poetry that outlines many of the lyrics. The opening of a Trova is Latin Cha Cha or Bossa nova (which is a variation of the Samba rhythm), but eventually an artist with a guitar began to tell his own stories.

4. The Conga of Santiago de Cuba

Santiago de Cuba is the origin of the Conga drum played by the Conga drum which is of African origin and descended from the Congo Makuta drum. The Conga set traditionally consists of three drums: Quinto drums for high elevation, Segundo drums for medium height and Tumbadora drum for low pitch.

5. The Changui Dance of Guantanamo

Changui originated in the early 19th century in Baracoa, eastern part of Guantanamo province. Changui is a combination of Cancion and guitar elements with rhythm and percussion instruments. Therefore, Changui is different from other Cuban genres. It is the forerunner of Son Montuno – the most popular music in Cuba during the 20th century.